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Rishard Matthews | Wide Receiver

Team: Miami Dolphins
Age / DOB:  (25) / 10/12/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 217
College: Nevada
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The Miami Herald reports some Dolphins players believe WR Rishard Matthews would "thrive if he had a larger role."
Matthews tried to force a trade earlier this offseason, but it doesn't appear to have hurt his standing amongst his teammates. Matthews has always offered promise in the slot, but is a redundant talent on a team with Jarvis Landry and Greg Jennings. Coming off a 12-catch season, Matthews will be no higher than No. 5 on the depth chart if DeVante Parker (foot surgery) is ready for Week 1. Jul 3 - 1:27 AM

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Dolphins WR Rishard Matthews reported for Tuesday's OTAs.

Matthews wants out of Miami after the Dolphins added Greg Jennings, Kenny Stills and DeVante Parker. He skipped the first two phases of the offseason program, but of course didn't get his wish as he has no value on the trade market.
May 26 - 12:08 PM

Dolphins WR Rishard Matthews is skipping team workouts and instead training with free agent QB Brady Quinn.

After Miami's revamping of its receiving corps, Matthews is left disgruntled and wants to be traded or waived. He's skipping all team activities and working out on his own. Unfortunately for Matthews, he's inexpensive ($660,000 salary), which makes it easy for the Dolphins to carry him as their No. 5 receiver. A big slot receiver at 6'/215, Matthews would at best bring back a late-round pick.
May 19 - 10:51 PM

Dolphins WR Rishard Matthews still wants to be traded or released.

Matthews first made the request in February. He is now "boycotting" voluntary workouts. Matthews, who has 64 catches across 38 career games, is buried following Miami's additions of Kenny Stills, Greg Jennings and DeVante Parker. If the Dolphins decide to move on, it will almost assuredly be via release.
May 7 - 3:16 PM

Dolphins WR Rishard Matthews reportedly asked the team to trade or release him.

The Dolphins balked at Matthews' request, and he'll stay on the roster for now. Matthews openly clashed with coach Joe Philbin in 2014, spending most of the season as Miami's No. 5 wideout behind Mike Wallace, Jarvis Landry, Brian Hartline, and Brandon Gibson. Matthews' roster security remains tenuous.
Feb 28 - 2:51 PM

Dolphins declared WR Rishard Matthews, RB LaMichael James, DB Walt Aikens, DL Deandre Coleman, OT Dallas Thomas, G/C Sam Brenner, and WR Matt Hazel inactive for Week 17 against the Jets.

There are no surprises anmongst the Dolphins' Week 17 inactives.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 11:45:00 AM

Dolphins declared WR Rishard Matthews, S Michael Thomas, S Don Jones, OLB Chris McCain, G/T Dallas Thomas, OL Nate Garner, and WR Matt Hazel inactive for Week 16 against the Vikings.

There are no surprises amongst the Dolphins' Week 16 inactives.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 11:37:00 AM

The Dolphins are "pursuing trade options" with third-year WR Rishard Matthews.

Matthews will "definitely" not be waived today, per the Miami Herald, but the Fins are open to moving him if the right offer comes along. Matthews, 24, can play slot and Z receiver, and would be a useful addition to a wideout-needy team. He was buried on the depth chart with the Dolphins, however.
Sat, Aug 30, 2014 01:06:00 PM

WR Rishard Matthews did not catch his lone target in the Dolphins' third preseason game.

Matthews has shown well this preseason with 5 catches for 83 yards, but seems to be behind Brandon Gibson and maybe even rookie Jarvis Landry in the pecking order. He is not on the re-draft radar right now.
Sat, Aug 23, 2014 11:01:00 PM

Dolphins WR Rishard Matthews caught two passes for 40 yards in Friday night's preseason opener against Atlanta.

Matthews smoked Atlanta's defense down the seam on Miami's opening drive for a gain of 36, good for the biggest play made by the Dolphins' starters. Matthews got run with the ones because Mike Wallace (hamstring) was scratched. A versatile, inside-outside wideout, Matthews is penciled in as the Dolphins' No. 4 receiver, although rookie Jarvis Landry is breathing down his neck.
Fri, Aug 8, 2014 08:21:00 PM

Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said WR Rishard Matthews is "without a doubt" having a good camp.

Matthews is a release-candidate with Brandon Gibson healthy, and rookie Jarvis Landry expected to open the season as one of Miami's top four wideouts. He needs to hold off Armon Binns, Damian Williams and Marcus Thigpen. The Dolphins can create $556,597 in cap savings by releasing Matthews.
Sat, Aug 2, 2014 05:35:00 PM

Dolphins WR Rishard Matthews is "at serious risk" of not making the team.

Matthews has struggled during the early part of camp, and is no higher than the No. 5 receiver. He's competing with Armon Binns, Damian Williams and converted RB Marcus Thigpen for one or two spots. Miami has privately questioned Matthews' focus in the past, and he recently admitted to being late to team meetings. Releasing Matthews would create $556,597 in 2014 cap space.
Sat, Jul 26, 2014 07:38:00 PM

Amid reports he's in the doghouse, coach Joe Philbin offered up some praise for third-year WR Rishard Matthews following minicamp.

"Rishard had a really good camp," said Philbin. Matthews claims he and Philbin "ironed out their issues" during an offseason chat. He admitted "being late to a couple of meetings, among other things." The Fins have a three-way battle at slot receiver, with rookie Jarvis Landry pushing Matthews and Brandon Gibson.
Fri, Jun 20, 2014 12:35:00 PM

ESPN Dolphins reporter James Walker said WR Rishard Matthews is the "leader in the clubhouse" for the team's third receiver position.

The reports on Matthews this offseason have been all over the map, with some saying he is a candidate to be cut and others saying he will win the slot-receiver job. Walker falls into the latter category, citing Brandon Gibson's knee woes and rookie Jarvis Landry's inexperience as reasons Matthews will win the job.
Source: ESPN.com
Sat, Jun 14, 2014 01:57:00 PM

The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins "haven't been happy" with Rishard Matthews for "tardiness, lack of attention to detail and other issues."

In other words, he'll have to have a monster camp and preseason to earn the Dolphins' final receiver spot. Matthews hopes a recent meeting with coach Joe Philbin helped his cause. "I had some (missteps) my first couple years being young," Matthews, who turns 25 in October, said. "They want me to be more professional off the field, as well as on the field. ... Coach Philbin sat down with me and gave me the ropes. We’re definitely on the same page." Matthews is facing an uphill battle with draft picks Jarvis Landry and Matt Hazel added to the Dolphins' crowded receiver corps.
Tue, Jun 3, 2014 06:25:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Ryan Tannehill
2Matt Moore
3McLeod Bethel-Thompson
4Josh Freeman
RB1Lamar Miller
2Damien Williams
3Jay Ajayi
4LaMichael James
5Mike Gillislee
GLB1Lamar Miller
2Jay Ajayi
3RB1Lamar Miller
2Damien Williams
WR11Jarvis Landry
2Greg Jennings
3Matt Hazel
4Tyler McDonald
5Cobi Hamilton
6Tommy Streeter
WR21Kenny Stills
2DeVante Parker
3Rishard Matthews
4Michael Preston
5Damarr Aultman
WR31Greg Jennings
TE1Jordan Cameron
2Dion Sims
3Jake Stoneburner
4Arthur Lynch
5Tim Semisch
K1Caleb Sturgis
2Andrew Franks